CALA News & Views - Summer 2016 - page 4

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By Katie Cappello,
Director of Communications
Civic Engagement in Assisted Living
Communities
CIVIC
engagement
in
assisted
living
communities
Voting rights in the United States have changed
over time. At the birth of our nation, only white
male property owners were allowed to vote. At
times, even after certain groups were given the
right to vote, individual states would sometimes
use tactics to discourage specific groups from
voting. Women were not given the right to vote
until 1920. Now in 2016, it is a universal right of
all United States citizens to vote.
We may not think about this on a daily basis, but during
an election year, issues surrounding the voting process
gain prominence. For older adults, these issues can involve
registering to vote using newer technology, being informed
about ballot measures and candidates, and arranging
transportation to a polling place. Assisted Living communities
throughout the state are finding ways to engage their
residents in current events, give them the opportunity to
continue to be active participants in the voting process, and
facilitate their right to vote.
Luis Rodriguez, Executive Director of Sunrise at Alta Loma
,
described some of the exciting ways they have incorporated
civic exercises into their community. For instance, on Election
Day, Sunrise at Alta Loma will be a polling place for residents
By Selena Coppi Hornback, Associate Director of Public Policy
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